Good Morning Sunshine Bars

crispy, crunchy, gooey

I have some really exciting news, folks. Set your TiVos to “awesome”, because I am going be on Anderson Cooper Live on Thursday, February 28th! Three competitors were chosen to face off in Anderson’s Chocolate Chip Cookie Challenge, where I will be force feeding Mr. Cooper cookie after cookie. It’ll be just like that episode of The Simpsons where Homer goes to hell for eating the Forbidden Doughnut, and they hook him up to that machine that feeds him a million doughnuts and he still asks for more. I hope that you will all watch as I embarrass myself on national television. It’s always been a dream of mine. I have no idea what I am going to say or how I am going to say it, but I do know that tonight is going to be spent baking lots and lots of chocolate chip cookies. Hopefully they like my cookies as much as I say that they will! I do talk a big game.

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And I have even more exciting news to share! Let’s hope that this is a continuing pattern in my life from here on out. Last night, my friend Emily and I took at baking class at Momofuku Milk Bar in Williamsburg, hosted by the glorious Christina Tosi. This lady is kind of insane – she adds more butter and sugar to her desserts than you’d think is humanly possible, but her creations have so much flavor that it’s worth the calorie bomb. The class we took was based around “the crumb”, which is an essential textural ingredient that most of the Milk Bar items have. We made milk crumbs and birthday cake crumbs, as well as the famous blueberries and cream cookies. We were able to have a few beers, bake, and take all of our tasty treats home to enjoy. I’m not quite sure what I am going to do with my crumbs yet, but Kramer took the cookies into his office today because if he hadn’t done that, I would have gone home tonight to gobble them all up myself. I had an amazing time and this class was absolutely worth the $50 I paid to take it. I learned a lot and I hope to take another one soon. Since I did so much baking last night, allow me to share with you this no-bake dessert today!

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Now, these bars come from my other favorite bakery, Baked in Brooklyn (they have an awesome book). Not only are they chewy, crunchy, gooey, and chocolatey, but they also happen to be vegan if you use dark chocolate, which I discovered by complete accident, although I’m glad that I did! Until recently, I didn’t really know or hang out with any vegans – surprise, right? But we’ve recently become better acquainted with these mysterious no-animal-product-eaters, and so it’s been a fun challenge for me to try to think up vegan friendly recipes when I know I’m going to be seeing them. It is especially tricky because I’m not someone who keeps things like coconut oil or vegan butter or egg replacements around, so whenever I come across a promising vegan recipe, I am often quickly discouraged by the idea of having to put on real pants and walk the 20 feet outside to the wonderful bodega in my neighborhood who carries just about anything a vegan baker could want. Real pants are a real deterrent – I know I’m not the only one! It’s such a drag to have to change out of the same super sweet sweatpants that I’ve had since I used to row crew in high school. Okay, I seem to have gone off on a pants-rant. It happens. Back to these bars. They’ve got it all! Peanut butter, chocolate, crispy cereal, gooey caramel, and crunchy peanuts. They are truly a sweet-and-salty bar, which I don’t think any sane person can turn down. I brought these over to Morgan’s house for the Oscars, where they were quickly dubbed “addictive” by everyone in attendance. That’s really the ultimate seal of approval, isn’t it?

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Baking with Christina Tosi at the Milkbar HQ.
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Melt together your corn syrup and sugar, whisk in your peanut butter and vanilla, then toss with your cereal and peanuts.SunshineBars-5
That’s the stuff.

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Press everything into a parchment lined pan (be sure to grease that parchment, too).

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Then melt your chocolate.

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And drizzle it over your bars. You probably won’t use quite all of it.

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Allow the chocolate to set, then cut into bars and enjoy!

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These will keep well in an airtight container, either at room temperature or in the fridge, for up to 4 days.

Good Morning Sunshine Bars
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Serves: 25-30 bars
 

Crispy, crunchy, and gooey peanut butter and chocolate cereal bars.
Ingredients
  • 6 cups plain crunchy cereal (like Chex)
  • 1½ cups salted peanuts, roughly chopped
  • 1 cup firmly packed light or dark brown sugar
  • 1 cup corn syrup (light or dark, I used a combination of both)
  • 1 cup smooth peanut butter
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1½ teaspoons kosher salt
  • 6 ounces milk chocolate, melted (or dark chocolate to make these vegan)

Instructions
  1. Combine your cereal and peanuts in a large bowl and set aside.
  2. In a medium sized pot over medium heat, melt together your brown sugar and corn syrup, stirring and simmering for 5-8 minutes. When melted and the sugar has dissolved, remove the pot from the heat and stir in the peanut butter, vanilla, and salt until smooth.
  3. Line a 9×13 pan with parchment paper and butter/grease. Pour the peanut butter and sugar mixture over the cereal and peanuts and toss with a greased spatula until well combined (be careful, it’s hot). The mixture will cool a bit as you toss it together, so you should be able to press it until the prepared pan with your fingers (or use a greased spatula). Allow the bars to cool, then drizzle with the melted chocolate. You can place this in the fridge until it firms up, then cut into bars and serve.

 

28 Responses

  1. Molly says:

    Congratulations on the TV spot! That’s HUGE! You’re going to do great!

  2. That’s awesome! Good luck and may the best cookie win (yours of course)! Oh, and that Milk Bar class sounds fab; I love their pork buns too.

  3. Congrats on being a finalist- what an exciting opportunity!

  4. I can’t even tell you how jealous I am, of that class, those bars, of being able to talk to Anderson Cooper!! I know he doesn’t play for my team, but I think he’s a silver fox regardless : )

  5. Congrats on the upcoming Anderson Cooper appearance! I’ll definitely try to watch it.

  6. Your bars are beautiful! I have a recipe that looks almost like this, even the chocolate ribbons on your photos reminds me of mine! I swear, I never saw the recipe in the Baked book (I want it, but don’t own it yet) but made a corn syrup-cereal bar concoction in an effort to clean out my pantry. I want to sink my teeth into one of yours!

  7. Elizabeth says:

    Anderson Cooper!? No way! That is so awesome! Good luck! I can’t wait to watch!
    Plus, that class sounds super fun and these bars look amazing with the chocolate drizzle.

  8. The DVR is set! Can’t wait to watch! Between that and the Milk Bar class I’m fairly convinced you’re one of the luckiest people ever. Those pics from the class are going to make me order from Milk Bar again. Also love Baked. Their pumpkin whoopie pie recipe is just fantastic. I got the books for Christmas and was going through them this morning and flagged this recipe to make. Great minds!

  9. Rachael says:

    OMG! Huge news! Congratulations!!

  10. Mary Ellen says:

    Anderson Cooper!!! Awesome!!! Congratulations that is GIGANTIC news!!! Will definitely be tuning in!! I should probably stop using !!! But this is indeed very exciting!! Good luck and these bars look yummeroo.

  11. These are amazing. I make the same thing except with Special K cereal. :) Good luck on Anderson, you will do amazing. Keep sharing your recipes and passion for food! xo

  12. Cindie says:

    Wow, those bars look amazing! And of course, anything that comes out of the Momofuku kitchen is probably awesome, I may have to look into taking a class there!

  13. Sasha says:

    Oh hot damn those things look good! Are you gna put up a clip of you with that sexy silver fox? I didn’t get to watch yesterday :(

  14. Mary Ellen says:

    CONGRATULATIONS!!! Awesome light saber use too… :)

  15. Deb says:

    Congratulations! Have a great time on TV!
    Those Morning Sunshine Bars are just sublime! I have the cookbook, but have not yet tried the recipe. I can see I am missing out big time!

  16. Cassandra says:

    Congratulations!

  17. JulieD says:

    Just watched the video!!! So awesome, congrats!!! :D :D :D And these bars look awesome too!

  18. Talia says:

    Just wondering if you recommend a good substitution for corn syrup? I try and stay away from the stuff but these look too fantastic not to make.

  19. Woohoo! congrats lady! these bars look amazing too!!!!

  20. I’m so jealous of your baking class! And dude, these bars are pure sinful! And congrats on being on Anderson Cooper. You are amazing!

  21. Those bars look so insanely gooey and good. And a huge congrats on Anderson Cooper!

  22. Congratulations!!! That is fantastic, I can think of nothing I’d rather watch more on CNN than Anderson Cooper being fed cookies. And that class sounds like a great experience. I definitely need to expand my crumb-based knowledge. Fingers crossed they’ll eventually have a class on the west coast.

  23. I met Christina when she came out to Australia and she was very nice. What an awesome set up! Your baked goodies look absolutely incredible :)

  24. Lynna says:

    These sound amazing! This will definitely come in handy when I want a treat without turning on my oven during the hot days!

    I`m still jealous you were able to take a class!

  25. Congrats ZOMG! That is is so friggin awesome and unbelievably cool! I’m a big fan of the silver fox. You’re going to rock it!

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